Journalists raise their press cards as others hold up pens during a vigil at the Place de la Republique
Journalists raise their press cards as others hold up pens during a vigil at the Place de la Republique

Charlie Hebdo: #JeSuisCharlie hashtag unites mourners

JOURNALISTS have led thousands tweeting the hashtag "Je Suis Charlie" in messages of solidarity with victims of the attack at the Paris office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

"Je Suis Charlie" translates as "I am Charlie".

Twelve people were killed when gunmen attacked the building before fleeing in a  black Citroën hatchback. They then shot dead two police officers.
 

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'Called out by name': Charlie Hebdo victims remembered

 

Four of France's best-known satirical cartoonists, including the magazine's editor, are among those killed in the attack. Ten journalists died in total and twelve others were injured, some seriously.

The magazine's editor and chief cartoonist, Stéphane Charbonnier, known as "Charb" had previously defended a controversial series of cartoons published in the magazine depicting the Prophet Mohammed in 2012.

 

   

 

 


Shocking videos taken by witnesses showed a policeman being shot at close range by two gunmen.

In another, filmed by journalists from the roof of a building close by, shots can clearly be heard in the background. The group filming the exchange are hiding behind a low wall.

President Francois Hollande branded the shooting a terrorist attack and his government raised France's security to the highest level.


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